Two New Love Affairs

When it comes to mascara, I am hardly a loyalist. As soon as I finish a product I usually move right on to a different one. Or sometimes I am using a particular brand and then a new mascara comes out and I am sidetracked faster than you can say “brand whore”. The reason is simple. There are so many great mascaras out there, why stick with one?

Recently I’ve been using two considerably new mascaras that I quite like. Here are the reviews :

Maybelline Volum’ Express Hypercurl

It isn’t said often enough : Maybelline does great mascaras! This one is no exception. I’ve never tried the original Volume Express (there is one, isn’t there?) but from the name I’m guessing this is supposed to be a volumizing mascara with the added “curling” benefit. Well it does just that. The brush, though a tad big, is easy to control and give me full, luscious lashes with just one coat. Two coats and you’d really get the formula to work its magic. It really does give incredible curl that lasts all day. My only disappointment that the formula smudges a little so I have to constantly check the mirror every few hours which I don’t like. Other than that, I am quite pleased with this product and find myself keep reaching for it.

L’Oreal Volume Shocking Brush Exact

If you read my review on the original L’Oreal Volume Shocking mascara, you’d probably remember that even though I kinda like the formula for being able to give me super vampy lashes, I hate the little comb brush and the fact that it practically takes weeks to really clean this product from my lashes! I heard similar complaints from other users (especially on MUA), so I’m assuming this new version of Volume Shocking is the answer from L’Oreal. It still comes with the mascara base which is pretty much the same with the first version. The difference is the horrible little comb is replaced with a great brush that is very easy to control and can really reach the roots of my lashes and coat even the fine ones with no mess at all! You still get the same intense, carbon black formula but thanks to the brush, it does not clump so easily. And just like the original version, this mascara really does last a long time. I did have to use 3 cotton squares to clean it thoroughly but hey, at least it didn’t take 14 days! :)

Image : Maybelline New York and L’oreal Paris website